Til the Ball Drops Punch
Drink

Recipe by Bryan Muirhead, Visalia, CA

Yields1 Serving
Cocktail
 10 oz Laird’s Applejack (blended Brandy spirit)
 6 oz Four Roses Bourbon
 8 oz Taylor Fladgate Ruby Port
 2 cups water
 4 oz lemon juice
 3 lemon peels
 ½ cup fine sugar
 Garnish: Fresh nutmeg, star anise, cinnamon sticks, dehydrated citrus wheels
 Punch bowl for serving
1

To a large container, add the peels of 3 lemons and sugar. Using a muddler, muddle the sugar and lemon peels until the sugar is slightly mixed together and moist. Cover, and let sit from 1 hour to up to 16 hours.

2

Check the lemon peels. If needed, muddle the peels once more. Add the lemon juice then stir until the sugar is dissolved.

3

Add your Applejack, Bourbon, Ruby Port, and water to the container. Stir until all ingredients are combined.

4

Using a strainer or fine-mesh sieve, strain the mixture, removing and discarding the lemon peels. Add ice (large cubes work best), star anise, cinnamon sticks, and dehydrated citrus wheels. Finally, grate fresh nutmeg over the top. Ladle into cups to serve.

Ingredients

Cocktail
 10 oz Laird’s Applejack (blended Brandy spirit)
 6 oz Four Roses Bourbon
 8 oz Taylor Fladgate Ruby Port
 2 cups water
 4 oz lemon juice
 3 lemon peels
 ½ cup fine sugar
 Garnish: Fresh nutmeg, star anise, cinnamon sticks, dehydrated citrus wheels
 Punch bowl for serving

Directions

1

To a large container, add the peels of 3 lemons and sugar. Using a muddler, muddle the sugar and lemon peels until the sugar is slightly mixed together and moist. Cover, and let sit from 1 hour to up to 16 hours.

2

Check the lemon peels. If needed, muddle the peels once more. Add the lemon juice then stir until the sugar is dissolved.

3

Add your Applejack, Bourbon, Ruby Port, and water to the container. Stir until all ingredients are combined.

4

Using a strainer or fine-mesh sieve, strain the mixture, removing and discarding the lemon peels. Add ice (large cubes work best), star anise, cinnamon sticks, and dehydrated citrus wheels. Finally, grate fresh nutmeg over the top. Ladle into cups to serve.

Til the Ball Drops Punch

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